How long do car tags last?

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to know when to get new tags for my vehicle. When do car tags expire?

Typically, car tags last one full year from the date of issue. The actual expiration date may differ depending on the state in which the vehicle is registered.
You can find your car tag’s expiration date the following ways:
  • Your windshield or license plate: States like Texas require the tag expiration date to be posted on the windshield of the car. Other states require drivers to adhere a sticker to the car’s license plate. Check these places first.
  • Your registration papers: Your registration papers should have your car tag expiration date listed on them. These should be stored in your glove compartment and/or your personal files.
The DMV website: Google motor vehicle registration and the name of your state to find the correct website. Make sure it’s a government website by looking for a link that ends with .gov. When you’ve verified you’re in the right place, you’ll just need to input your plate number to find out when your registration expires.
  • Call the DMV: If you’re worried about inputting your personal information online, the next best thing you can do is call the DMV and ask.
  • Renewal notices: About a month before your car tags expire, you’ll get a renewal notice in the mail (again, timing depends on the state). It should detail the date your current tags expire.
The good news is most DMVs are kind—they give you a grace period. Your tags are valid through the month they expire, and if you moved states recently, then you usually have 30 days to renew your registration.
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Hana Sabah
Answered on Oct 21, 2021

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